Xporter Pre-requisites



Intended Audience;

This document takes the pre-requisite information from the main user guide and presents it as a standalone guide for convenience.

Xporter Pre-Requisites

Where should I install Groupcall Xporter?

Groupcall recommends, where possible, that Xporter is installed on the MIS server. This will reduce potential complexity connecting to the MIS and will ensure that the Xporter installation is as highly available as the server.

If this is not possible in your environment, a suitable additional server or workstation will suffice. Please bear in mind that this machine should be left powered on at all times, this will ensure accuracy and availability of data. It must also have access to the MIS data and meet the pre-requisites detailed below.

Xporter Hardware requirements

Xporter has negligible hardware requirements and in most cases should go unnoticed on a computer running at least a 1.6GHz processor with at least 1GB of memory. The Disk Space required varies by extracts in use and how many you have installed, but as a rule of thumb the typical installation will need no more than 250MB working space, however busy installations can cache up to 1GB. An active internet connection is also required, this can be wireless, however a wired connection is usually more reliable.


 

Xporter Software requirements

Groupcall Xporter requires the following, and any additional MIS-specific requirements as below;

  • Administrator access to the computer
    • Both during installation and post-install to run the Xporter Management Console on an on-going basis
  • Microsoft .net Framework 4.5 Full (not Client Profile)
    • To be installed alongside the SIMS workstation client.
    • This must be enabled as a feature via Server Manager.
  • Microsoft .net Framework 3.5 SP1
    • This must be enabled as a feature via Server Manager.
    • Ensuring  this is available ahead of installation will significantly shorten the installation process as certain systems require a restart as part of the .net installation.
  • A Supported Windows Version
    • Windows Server
      • 2008 R2,
      • 2012,
      • 2012 R2
    • Windows Client (you should always try to install on a server when you are able to).
      • Windows 7
      • Windows 8.1
      • Windows 10
  • Older versions of Windows;
    • Microsoft have now discontinued support for Windows XP and Windows Server 2003.
    • Xporter will continue to run on these systems for a period of time but newer versions of Xporter are not guaranteed to be compatible.
    • Following best practices for data security you should migrate away from these Windows versions as soon as possible.

 

MIS Specific Requirements

Xporter for SIMS.net Pre-Requisites

Xporter for SIMS.net requires the SIMS Workstation to be installed on the computer and meet the following requirements:
  • Running the current release of SIMS.net
  • Running the same version as the SIMS SQL database schema
  • Installed on a local fixed disk
  • Be able to log in to SIMS
    • Using a dedicated SIMS user account for Xporter with the following permissions:
      Term: Dedicated SIMS user account.
      Definition: An account in SIMS specifically set-up for the sole purpose of allowing Xporter to access the SIMS data.
      Notes: A regular user account should not be used as this is subject to password expiry/changes which would then render Xporter unable to access the SIMS data thus preventing any dependent systems from syncing. We recommend using an account with the user name "groupcall" and a suitably strong password of your choice - see this video for a demo of the process.
      • Personnel Officer
      • School Administrator
      • Senior Management Team
      • Third Party Reporting
  • Be able to pass the Document Server connection test.

 

Xporter for Facility CMIS Pre-Requisites
  • Xporter for Serco Facility requires access to Facility database via a .CDB file.
  • Xporter connects to the Facility database using an SQL user account. Create or make available an SQL user that is a member of the STUD_ADMIN schema on the Facility database.
    • The inbuilt, but often hidden, STUD_ADMIN user is typically used for this.
  • If ePortal is installed to a separate server other than the CMIS database, then the recommended installation location is the ePortal server.
  • Additional requirements where the API server integration is required.

 

Xporter for G2 Pre-Requisites

In order for Xporter to access the data from G2, the data feed needs to be enabled. This is done via a Web services activation, this needs to be requested from RM. The process for this is outside of the remit of this document, but can be found here.

To proceed with the Xporter installation for a G2 school you will need the following associated information to hand during installation;

  • Username
  • Password
  • Confirmation of the Web Services URL (i.e. how access to G2 is gained) or the G2 data Secret, as appropriate.

 

Xporter for e1 Pre-Requisites

In order for Xporter to access the data from e1, the data feed needs to be enabled and needs to be requested from Pearson. The process for this is outside of the remit of this document, but can be found here.

To proceed with the Xporter installation for an e1 school you will need the following associated information to hand during installation;

  • Pii Username
  • Pii Password
  • Confirmation of the Pii URL

 

Xporter Internet Access

Groupcall Services require access to the following URLs in order to operate effectively:

 

  • https://dashboard.groupcall.com/ - To report health status and receive repair instructions
    • Please note this is a secured URL, i.e. it is HTTP + SSL = HTTPS. You must be able to connect to the HTTPS URL

 

 

These addresses can be accessed via proxy; the Xporter installer will copy the proxy settings from the current user at installation. Please ensure they are white-listed as appropriate.

Depending on the purpose of your installation there may be other URLs that require access, for example, a web service upload URL or a SIF Zone Integration Server URL.

Next Steps...

If you need further assistance please contact your Groupcall Partner or Local Authority who provides Xporter to you in the first instance; they may be able to help you, or they can contact Groupcall Support on your behalf. Email, support@groupcall.com or call 020 8502 7344.

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